MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR - APRIL 6, 2021 (click to view PDF version)
On Saturday, April 2, 2021, the Province of Ontario implemented a Provincewide Emergency Break, which moved all 34 districts into shutdown. According to the Province, this is a result of an alarming surge in case numbers and COVID-19 hospitalizations across the province. The government intends to keep this in place for at least four weeks.
With this change, the Library has reverted to curbside pick-up/drop-off and the Museum will remain closed for the duration of the shutdown. If any rentals were booked at the Community Centre in the month of April, municipal staff will be in touch with you to initiate a plan for reimbursement or rescheduling. For more information on the “Emergency Break”, including what is open and closed during this time, please click the following link: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/zones-and-restrictions.
The Municipality has begun accepting soccer registrations, in hopes that we will be able to host a joint program with East Ferris again this year. The Municipality is also working with East Ferris to arrange for summer swimming lessons. Registration for this program should be available shortly. These recreational programs will go ahead unless restrictions are imposed by the Province.
Vaccines continue to be distributed in our area, with a shipment of 3,500 vaccines in our District on a weekly basis for the month of April. The Health Unit is currently scheduling vaccine appointments online for those aged 70 +. Two pharmacies in North Bay, Wal-Mart North Bay and Northern Shores Pharmacy, will also have vaccines available in the coming days for those aged 55 +. Residents of this age group can contact the pharmacies directly to schedule an appointment.
The Community Control Group continues to work diligently on a communication plan with the Health Unit to get better, up-to-date information, more regularly to our residents. Recently, a Municipal Leaders Meeting has been scheduled on a bi-weekly basis with the Health Unit. This meeting is a response from the Health Unit, after hearing municipalities’ call for more dialogue and more access to information. The meetings are a way to align and communicate so that we are all working together. We will keep you apprised as information is provided to us.
Please continue to take part in the Recreation Committee’s weekly activity challenges for families to take part in. We are enjoying seeing the photos of our Callander families taking part in this initiative. More information can be found on the Municipality’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MunicipalityOfCallander/
As always, and I cannot stress this enough, continue to support our local businesses where you can and please continue to follow all safety protocols, as recommended. Stay safe.
Mayor Robb Noon